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NBA official sues reporter over tweet

Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:12 am
Edited on: March 15, 2011 11:45 am
Posted by Royce Young

NBA officials are used to hearing insults and "critiques" of their work. It's part of the job. But don't tweet it, especially if it's about Bill Spooner.

Spooner and the NBA have filed for damages in excess of $75,000 against AP reporter Jon Krawczynski of Minnesota for a tweet he posted during the Timberwolves Jan. 24 game against the Rockets.

Krawczynski tweeted,
"Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he'd 'get it back' after a bad call. Then he made an even worse call on Rockets. That's NBA officiating folks."

What really happened, according to Spooner, is that after a questionable call early in the second quarter, Kurt Rambis gave Spooner an earful about the call. Spooner promised Rambis he'd take a look at the play in question and review it at the half. Rambis snidely asked how he'd get the points back though. Spooner says he didn't respond to that.

Spooner called the tweet defamatory, but the AP and the reporter have refused to remove or retract it. Spooner has been an NBA official for 22 years.

Obviously the NBA is sensitive about these sort of accusations because of the Tim Donaghy situation, so you can't blame Spooner. A tweet claiming he would get Minnesota their points back basically says he shouldn't be officiating NBA games. If he's not going to call it fair, he should be removed. That's why he took so much offense to it. It's a hearty accusation to make. It's one thing to think it, but to publish it is another.

Now of course, the reporter in question is standing behind what he heard so it's obviously possible that's exactly what happened. But still, that's not something you flippantly throw out there. The NBA investigated Spooner following the tweet and didn't find anything against him. But as an official that's never really had an incident, I'm sure Spooner didn't like it. Hench the suing.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:45 pm

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

Funny. the cliches in sports an people cant figure  this out.
Its been a joke for years that in Soccer, the away teams- never get the calls, and the hoem tema does.  Soooooom what does that mean?
In the nfl- pass interference and holding are pretty random, since they happen on every play. What does that mean?
an nba ref went to jail 2 years ago. 5 others were forced to leave 10 years ago. And why did they even ome after him,, bc he made unclaimed money. What does that mean?
How many ncaa basketball prgrams get cught for shaving points. That means, if one gets cuaght, there are 10 more out of 100 doing it,. Win, but not by too much.
Please, just make sture sure, u are on the right sode of the fox. thats whaty it comes donw to.

Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:39 pm

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

God, PROOF READ your articles...

It is not "Hench the suing" it is "HENCE the suing" you nin-com-poop!

Horrible.  Ruined my read lol.

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:32 pm

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

I'm not sure saying "You'll get it back" is such a bad thing. Refs make bad calls and they know it. Nothing wrong with saying you made a mistake and trying to right your wrong. Good officiating evens out. He doesn't have to go and make an aggregious call on the other end, but maybe he gives a close call.... I don't see this as an indication he shuoldn't be reffing

Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:03 pm
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Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:20 pm

NBA official sues reporter over tweet


c.......too funny!
Oh and we all KNOW that NBA refs give make up calls, they always have and always will, Strn can deny it all he likes but ask any player, coach or GM it's no secret at all.
Oh wait, I shouldn't have said that maybe Stern will try and fine me for saying something we all know his love for draconian rules like that and of course that his salary is not divulged at all.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:16 pm

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

yeah, its a "make-up call", but what you dont understand, maybe cuz age or just forget, is that that is a NEGATIVE term. having it pointed out by a broadcaster during a game that a foul called by a ref was a "make-up call" was a shot directed at the ref. its just that you hear the term so often for so long it just becomes a lexicon and accepted. similar to the term "politically correct". an obvious negative term for politicians, meaning they are lying to us but saying it in a way thats almost beleivable. but that term too has been used over and over and the meaning skewed

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:14 pm

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

whats the repoters name???

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:09 pm

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

hahaha, "in bubonics or something like that" .... ditkadg is a fool

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 2:43 pm

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

I mean yeah, lets no pretend make-up calls do not happen. Refs make calls on split second instincts...hopefully they just use proper judgement and don't whistle a make-up call when the game is on the line. This is borderline trivial. 

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 2:20 pm

NBA official sues reporter over tweet

also the guy in this picture looks like he works for tony saprano

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